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Strictly Come Dancing - Blackpool Week: As it happened

By , Entertainment Reporter
Have you packed your bathers? The Bacardi? The 'Hens on Tour' sashes?

Good. Because we're all going to Blackpool!

In what has become as much of a Strictly rite of passage as sequins and spray tans, the show is packing up and heading to Blackpool Tower ballroom for one week only.

So join Digital Spy from 7pm as we whip out the scoring paddles and ponder if Judy Murray is ever going to leave...

20:30Right, that's your lot folks! Don't forget to join us back here tomorrow night to see which two celebrities fell fowl of Blackpool and landed in the bottom two - and which is going home. You can bet Scotland on it that it won't be Judy. Night, all!


20:27Wow, we never thought we'd see the like. Simon's at the joint top of leaderboard with Pixie! And we always see the like - Judy's at the bottom.


20:27Wow, we never thought we'd see the like. Simon's at the joint top of leaderboard with Pixie! And we always see the like - Judy's at the bottom.


Strictly Come Dancing, Judy Murray and Anton Du Beke

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20:27Anyway, back to Flackers. She gets straight 9s from the judges, apart from Bruno who gives her a 10!


20:26Uh oh. An incorrect number was given for Steve & Ola earlier. Sabotage? And are there going to be cries of fix if he's in the bottom two this week?


20:24On second thoughts - everyone vote. In your droves.


20:24OK, no-one vote for Caroline. No-one. Because if she's in the bottom two, Len is naked diving off of Blackpool pier.


20:23We thought those Beafeaters weren't meant to even smile, let alone jive.


20:22Oh, our mistake. It's Caroline giving it, as Len would say, some welly. And what a welly it is.


20:22Taking to the Strictly dancefloor, it's Geri Halliwell!


20:21If Caroline really didn't realise that was Pasha, we're worried.


20:21The final dancer tonight is last week's shock bottom two - Caroline Flack. And she's got some life advice for us. "It's not about how you fall, it's about how you get up". Get that on a t-shirt, pronto.


20:19OK, this is the last time we're going to say it. Promise. But, simply, Zoe is just better at this than Tess.


20:17"It was a bit like a small man at a urinal" says Len. Probably the best analogy we've heard all year.


20:15It wasn't really passionate, Tess. It was pretty good, but again, not his best. He could be another celeb in danger tonight...


20:13This voyeuristic VT is all sorts of layers of creepy.


20:12Steve Backshall's up next! He's a personal favourite of ours, and it has nothing to do with his arms. OK, it might have everything to do with his arms.


Strictly Come Dancing, Steve Backshall and Ola Jordan

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20:12We could make jokes about the wildlife in Blackpool. But it seems a bit harsh.


20:11Judy Moo, eh? Where the heck did that nickname come from Zoe?


20:10We think that would have been better if Pixie's dance was with the theme of the game show Gladiators instead.


20:08She is - obviously - an amazing dancer. And we hate to jump on the bandwagon, but we do feel it's a tad unfair that Pixie has been in the biz all her life and may well have been having dance lessons since she was a foetus.


20:07Pixie is dancing the paso tto an 80s synth pop version of the Mario Kart theme (that is what this is, right?).


20:06The two waiters from Jake's table face-off have changed into gladiators.


20:05This is what Blackpool's got to offer in November. Essentially freezing your bum off.


20:03Can we just take a moment to say Zoe Ball has been doing an amazing job these past couple of weeks? To step in at short notice and make the job her own deserves a big dollop of kudos. We think she's fab!


Strictly Come Dancing, Mark Wright and Karen Hauer

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20:02We're pretty sure Mark kissed Craig on the lips, too. Which probably bumped his score up a few points to a 9.


20:01First the f-word. Now he's said knobs. Control yourself, Goodman!


20:00It wasn't the most spectacular dance he's done, but it was very good. We like Mark more every week.


19:59This is good n' all. But it's nowhere near as good as Inbetweeners' Neil's body popping.


19:58We wish Magic Mark was more like Magic Mike.


19:57That was one of the worst yet. We could moan - a lot - about those links into dances from Tess. But if we start, this blog might just turn into a rant.


19:557s?! For that? They really are pulling out all the stops to get Andy in the studio.


19:54It was Judy's best dance, according to the judges! So we're predicting 4s all round.


19:53"It was more a 98 than a 99", says Anton. We're just bloody thankful it wasn't a 69.


19:52"If they can put a spaceship on a comet, Anton can teach Judy can dance!" says Len. Er, that spaceship on the comet hasn't exactly been a resounding success though has it? It got stuck down a hole.


19:51She just did an Up and flew away with the balloons.


19:50This is terrible. Stilted. Awkward. But for Judy, it's amazing!


19:49Anton Du Beke! A kite! A big woolly hat!


19:48It's just as well that Anton is so enthusiastic. Lesser professionals would have said "Look, sod this" in week four.


19:48Oh cripes. Here she is. Hold onto your tennis rackets, everyone.


19:47YES! Len has just cemented himself as our favourite judge on anything ever. Zoe confirms that he "got a bit carried away", so she's "sorry for the bad language". Which means our aged ears didn't deceive us and he did drop the f-bomb. Ledge.


19:46It took about two seconds for Simon to realise what was going on, but incredibly he's bagged THREE 10s! He's back. in. the. game!


Strictly Come Dancing, Simon Webbe and Kristina Rihanoff

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19:44Craig thought it was stiff and that Simon's hands were rubbish and he had a lot of complaints. Oh, and Craig also loved it.


19:43"Winner winner chicken dinner". Probably one of the most constructive things Len's said in a long time! And did he just mumble the f-word?


19:42That final lift was one of the most heart-stopping finale's we've seen on Strictly in flipping ages! Simon could be one of the biggest comeback kids the show's ever had!


19:41This is always a Strictly favourite! Crack on the Moulin Rogue version of Roxanne and flick your legs about.


19:39In training, he looked as sweaty and greasy and Kim Kardashian's bum.


19:39Simon Webbe's up next, and after a few dodgy weeks, he seems to be getting better and better.


19:38We wish Tess would leave the 'I'm kooky me' links well alone. Cringe city.


19:37"I've got an 8 for that?" gasps Sunetra. We've just spat out our Martini in shock. That was barely worth a 6.


19:35We have the feeling she could well be in danger after that performance. Do you agree?


19:35Bruno loves the bouncing bunnies. Probably not as much as Brendan, but still.


Strictly Come Dancing, Sunetra Sarker and Brendan Cole

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19:34We've never seen someone looking so miserable wearing a feather boa as Len. Can someone gif it please?


19:33Everything - from the feet to the arms to the legs - is going wrong here. No amount of pink feather boas is making up for it.


19:32We hate to say it, but we don't think Sunetra feels like dancing.


19:31Is this a hen do that's accidentally stumbled into the ballroom?


19:30Sunetra is lovely and a great dancer - but for some reason, we just don't get too revved up about seeing her perform.


19:29We wish someone would get Jake a flannel for his head.


19:27Craig says something about Perky Lee Man. We're not sure who he is. But basically, Jake got amazing comments! And he still can't raise a smile.


19:24That was easily Jake's best dance yet. Heck, it might even be our favourite Strictly dance of the series! Is Craig going to wipe the cobwebs from his 10?


Strictly Come Dancing, Jake Wood and Janette Manrara

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19:23Sit down, lads. We wouldn't mess with Max Branning.


19:22Jake plus Strictly plus Buble. You might want to check that your mum's not hyperventilating at the moment.


19:21Quite a few steps and lot of lifts. That's Tess's naff long-winded way of saying it's Jake and Janette up next!


19:20Frankie gets TWO 10s! Amazing! Len makes a bid for freedom to accost Craig. We thought he might lean over and give him a whack with his paddle.


19:18Her best dance yet, apparently. Could it be from Len, a ten tonight? His head's in his hands while Craig's waffling his nonsense. Also: Darcey's obsessed with top lines.


Strictly Come Dancing, Frankie Bridge and Kevin Clifton

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19:16Dave Arch has put on a sparkly tie! We love Dave Arch!


19:16Our only criticism? What the heck is with the backing dancers? This is NOT The X Factor. Ditch 'em, now.


19:15Frankie's back on form! This is a nippy little routine and she's totally rocking it.


19:14Dance Mat! In heels! We hope the Beeb have got insurance for that...


19:13Frankie Bridge and Kevin are up next, hoping to do better than last week's dis-ahhh-ster with a quick step.


19:12Here they all are! Seems weird not seeing them not coming down the stairs.


19:11Alison might have been voted off, but she's still in the audience. Maybe she already booked her Super Saver Advance train ticket and couldn't get a refund?


19:10Let's crack on now, eh? Here's the judges making their completely understated entrance. Bruno is doing the ultimate embarrassing dad dancing. And we bloody love it.


19:09She's spinning and spinning and spinning. We hope she didn't eat a lot of Haribo before she went up there.


19:08They're making a big fuss of the wee one. Who is she? Was she actually on Britain's Got Talent or A-Another TV Talent Show?


19:07We don't want to be mean... but we don't think we're going to be seeing this little girl on Britain's Got Talent anytime soon.


19:06Right, this is taking creepy Strictly time-wasting VTs to a whole other level.


19:05Wow, this is blowing the Elstree Studio out of the water. We sort of wish it held here every week.


19:04Are you clapping along to the intro titles at home? Come on, you are aren't you? Admit it!


19:03Evening everyone! It's Strictly time, and we're off to Blackpool! Steve has forgotten a shoe, Simon is going to rack up a huge bill to the BBC getting a black cab all the way there and Jake Wood has optimistically packed a bucket and spade.

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The X Factor Live Show 2: 1980s Week - As it happened

By , Entertainment Reporter
It doesn't feel like a week has passed since One Direction Overload Generation and Blonde Electra said their goodbyes, but it's time for two more solid hours of Saturday night-in entertainment with The X Factor.

The remaining 14 acts will sing their hearts out to earn the praise of the judges Simon Cowell, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, Mel B and Louis Walsh, as well as the millions watching at home, complete with five free votes each should they wish.

The X Factor: Judges

© ITV / Nicky Johnston


Join Digital Spy from 8pm as we settle down for the night for the inevitable judge fisticuffs, impressive high notes and dodgy boyband hand movements.


22:20That's your lot, guys and girls! Thanks for joining along in the fun - hope you enjoyed it - see you back tomorrow night to find out who must leave the competiton.


22:19So tomorrow we have Jessie J and Maroon 5. Yay?


22:16Fleur also gave a great performance. Who's for the chop? My prediction: Stereo Kicks, Stephanie and Only the Young in the bottom three.


22:13Lines are now open! Who's got your vote? It's Ben for me.


22:12Cheryl is right when she says she's not sure if it was "odd" or not. Simon calls it "genius". Was it though? Was it really?


22:10You know X Factor has gone on too long when '500 Miles' could be the winner's single choice.


22:09I can't quite make out if this is genius or utter ridiculousness.


22:08Somehow, he's going to cover The Proclaimers. And he's gone John Lewis on it??


22:06One more to go, and it's my office sweepstake choice Jay James - don't let me down, bud.

The X Factor, Top 12: Jay James

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22:01Kermit doesn't like it, but Simon says she's absolutely wrong. Have to admit, of all tonight's performances - that was one that I actually enjoyed a bit, they're making the 1980s seem rather dull tonight.


21:59Unnecessary skateboarders in the background. Pleasant enough, and Mel surprisingly LOVES it.


21:57They're losing points because they're dissing 'Come On Eileen' left, right and centre. Kevin Rowland must be bloody furious.


21:56Forgot they existed - but here's Only the Young next...

The X Factor, Top 12: Only The Young

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21:55Has Stevie just given any the Halloween theme early?


21:52If he wasn't Simon's act, he would definitely say that was one of the worst performances ever.


21:51As nice as he is, christ almighty. Mr Toad. Proper cruise ship/wedding/scouts club singer. Makes Daniel Evans look INCREDIBLE. Remember him?


21:50Instead, he's going for 'Never Gonna Give You Up' - sadly it's not a Rickroll.

Stevi Ritchie on The X Factor

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21:49Stevi 'Sex God' Ritchie up next. The nicest man on the planet? How is 'Addicted To Love' boring??


21:43All a bit boring that, for me. Again, could be the song. Simon agrees a little bit, cue the genuine anger from Mel. Worried she's going to punch me through the TV in a minute.


21:41Wonder whether if Louis will say 'you remind me of a little Ricky Gervay...



21:40So Paul's doing 'If You Don't Know Me By Now', originally a 1970s song. Guess he's doing the Simply Red version?


21:39Adam Richman melded with 5ive's Scott Robinson - it's Paul Akister...

The X Factor, Top 12: Paul Akister

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21:37Cheryl says "looks like there's two muppets on this stage tonight", admitting that she is, in fact, a muppet.


21:36Brian McFadden is furious:




21:34Her voice is fascinating - I can't quite tell if it's rubbish or genuinely brilliant, there's a fine line when you're trying to sound like Shirley Bassey.


21:33If you're an Irene Cara fan, or even Irene Cara herself - you're in for a treat, it's a second song by her - 'Fame'. And it's all Great Gatsby.


21:32Chloe Jasmine sounding very Mark Francis from Made in Chelsea right now.

The X Factor, Chloe Jasmine,

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21:28


21:24Jake doesn't get the best of comments - watch out, looks like Mel is actually going to deck someone now.


21:23Not sure Jake's got quite the voice to do Bonnie - he's doing the absolute best he can I guess. Meh central.


21:22Who's the random Matt Di Angelo lookalike in the hat??


21:21Jake 'I'm not just a pretty boy' Quickenden next - and he's going for Bonnie Tyler's 'Total Eclipse of the Heart'. Brave!

The X Factor, Top 12: Jake Quickenden

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21:19Lola is pretty good, but she deserves a much more interesting song choice next time - though the judges seemed to love it, so what do I know?


21:17Louis and Mel look like they love it, but not personally a fan of 'Imagine' getting the Aguilera treatment. Just me?


21:17Lola Saunders becomes the 1,748th person to cover 'Imagine', and I'm a bit bored, as decent a singer as she is.

Lola Saunders on The X Factor

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21:16Now this is the baffling bit of the night. Lola Saunders is singing John Lennon's 'Imagine' - yeah, that amazing classic 1980s song that came out in 1971. Unless they mean the 1980 re-release when he died? Either way, a bit weird.


21:12Gareth Gates isn't a fan of Stereo Kicks:






21:09Cheryl is now nicknamed Squiddly Diddly - does Simon mean the squid or his dogs?


21:08Mel's got a good point when she says they need to harmonize on an acapella track, so we can actually hear which one's doing what. Cheryl says she doesn't feel the usual boyband hysteria for them. Simon believes in them, for some strange reason.


21:06Do they honestly need eight of them? Anyway, their performance is alright, saved considerably by the awesome proper classic 1980s song.

The X Factor, Top 12: Stereo Kicks

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21:04The haircut collective's attempt at Elton John didn't work, so now they're going to try Don Henley's 'Boys of Summer'. They hadn't heard of the song, not even the DJ Sammy version - christ, how young are they??


21:02It's Stereo Kicks next. I'm pretty sure you could replace five of them with other boys and no-one would notice.


21:02Mel gets all shirty about "cheating" backing vocals, much to the annoyance of Simon. She seems even more genuinely scary than ever tonight. What is she going to be like in the finale? Calm down.


20:58Fleur is performing a quite impressive rap though, which is extremely rare for X Factor.


20:57Honestly - why bother doing a theme if you're just not going to stick to it. Just call it 'songs week'.


20:57All About that Non-Bass, it's Fleur East, with 'It's a Shame (My Sister)' by Monie Love - which CAME OUT IN 1990!

The X Factor, Top 12: Fleur East.

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20:55Dermot's definitely getting a kicking by Simon's goons after the show for that.


20:55We are treated to some photos of the judges from the 1980s - Simon's is most definitely the best! Sinitta looks exactly the same!


20:54Cheryl looks genuinely pissed when she hears that 'Cheryl Kermit' is trending - run Dermot run!


20:50


20:491980s week - featuring two John Lennon songs from the 1970s!


20:48Like Mel B has never thrown a hissy fit for being poorly in her life...


20:47Some good old willy jokes from Louis and Simon. Mel gets aggressive (yet again) and tells Ben off for being ill, but praises him for his performance, and rightly so.


20:46A bit slow, but it's a good version, and his voice really suits it. We're hearing a bit of a Will Young/Chris Cornell hybrid.


20:45Ben is technically doing a Donny Hathaway version of 'Jealous Guy', even though that was released in the 70s. I guess they're pretending they mean the Roxy Music cover?

The X Factor, Top 12: Ben Haenow

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20:44Ben Hey Now Hey Now is going to try out a John Lennon classic. "It's a singing competition, and if you can't sing, that's it, innit". Wise words.


20:42Chuckling while seeing that 'Cheryl Kermit' is trending on Twitter.


20:40Not personally a fan of the arrangement, but a pretty good vocal that gets a standing ovation from the female judges.


20:39A stripped down John Lewis version of 'Flashdance'. Not sure if it works or not...

The X Factor, Top 12: Lauren Platt

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20:38One of the favourites up next, it's Lauren Branning Platt - who also goes on about the fact that she wasn't born in the 1980s. Stop making us feel old!


20:34Someone's jealous:




20:32Did we imagine it or did Dermot just say John Legend instead of John Lennon? Anyway, the first of two Irene Cara songs up next...


20:30They may boo, but Simon's totally right when he says Andrea was not as good as last week. Stop booing!


20:29Andrea pulls it out the bag towards the end, but is it enough to impress after last week's smasher?

The X Factor, Top 12: Andrea Faustini

© THAMES TV/SYCO & CORBIS



20:28Have to admit, rather bored so far. Though I've always thought that about this song.


20:27Last week he did Michael Jackson, now it's Whitney Houston's 'One Moment in Time'. Also, look at the jacket!


20:26Andrea Faustini is first up for the boys. Amazing voice, but will his dorky jumpers and 'oh my god, me?' innocent persona start to grate soon?


20:25"BOO TO YOU!" - Mel looks genuinely looking for blood when someone boos in the audience. Bloody hell.


20:25Thank you Simon, that's what her dress looks like!

Kermit the Frog arriving at the premiere of Muppets Most Wanted, at the Curzon Cinema in Mayfair, London.

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20:23Simon criticises Stephanie for her "weak" voice, even when she talks, ouch.


20:22Stephanie gets loads of praise from Louis even though it was rather meh and pitchy. Mel is quite right when she says she was a bit bored.


20:21I'm already a bit bored. She's giving a stripped-down, reggae version of Blondie's 'Call Me'. I thought she was going to the Go West song of the same name, which would have ruled.


20:19She struggled last week, can she survive 80s week? It's Stephanie Nala...

The X Factor, Top 12: Stephanie Nala.

© THAMES TV/SYCO & CORBIS



20:17


20:14Already we have our first AD BREAK. The first of about 27 tonight.


20:12Louis says Jack's done a ruddy good job, while Simon says he's one of his favourites, though the vocal wasn't 100% there. Mel does her thing of giving praise but still managing to make it sound like a telling off.


20:11





20:10Jack is tackling 'Straight Up' by Simon's old pal Paula Abdul. A bit more upbeat for him, and it's not a bad job. What do you reckon?


20:08Jack gets some advice from Louis Tomlinson, the pop genius himself. Plus, Jack loses points by saying he doesn't know much about 1980s 'cos he wasn't born. I wasn't born in the 60s mate, but I know enough.


20:07First up... Jack Walton - he's the one with the guitar and that.

Jack Walton on The X Factor

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20:07Another double elimination this weekend - could Louis's acts leave already tomorrow?


20:06A pointless rubiks cube in the background, just in case you weren't sure it was 1980s week.


20:05Unleash the gods of TV judgedom. A lovely slice of Spandau Ballet's Gold as they walk out. Sadly they're not wearing legwarmers or Miami Vice jackets.


20:04An awesome microphone flick, golf move and twirl from Dermot, as is tradition.

The X Factor: Dermot O'Leary

© ITV / Nicky Johnston



20:03First - a selection of genuine 1980s songs that you won't be hearing tonight - get ready for an odd mixture of 1970s tunes and odd cheesy choices.


20:02Will you miss Overload Generation (worst name ever) or Blonde Electra?


20:01Already laughing at the ridiculous voiceover and over-the-top special effects.


19:59Are you sitting comfortably? I bloody well hope so, because we have two-and-half hours (I thought it was just two, whoops) of hopefuls FACING THE MUSIC.

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Strictly Come Dancing - Week 4: As it happened

By , Entertainment Reporter
So the popcorn, sparkly score paddles and Donny Osmond have all been put back into storage after the excitement of Movie Week. And now the Strictly Come Dancing show must go on!

Tonight, the remaining 13 dancers will give it their best (Scott Mills will probably just give it...) to avoid the dance-off and face more humiliation fun next week.

So join Digital Spy as we pull up an armchair and chow down on some top-notch tangos and smashing salsas...

20:23Thanks for watching along with Digital Spy, and don't forget to tune into the results show at 7.20pm. Oh, and to come back to DS at 7.20pm too! Goodnight!


The judges give the scores

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20:22Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga are on tomorrow. Truly something for all the family. Well, your eight-year-old niece and granny, anyway.


20:19Time for the all-important time wasting recap now. And we get to re-live the horrors of Scott's Total Eclipse of the Rhythm.


20:17That's all, folks! No shocks on the leaderboard tonight - and we have to think that either Judy or Tim will have their chips in the results show tomorrow.


20:15That was very good though - the producers definitely saved the best (Caroline and Jake) 'til last. Surely not something to do with the fact that The X Factor started 15 minutes ago? Eh? EH?


20:14Pasha needs to move that bear away from his crotch.


Caroline Flack and Pasha Kovalev

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20:12They do know that Movie Week was last Saturday, right? What's with this Grease number?


20:11It's Caz Flack up next. Which of course means that they've picked One Direction's latest song to play over the VT. Can we call get over that already?!


20:10Oh my chops - Jake smiled! And laughed! He must be pleased with that.


20:08Someone really needs to erect a central reservation between Bruno and Len. Mainly for Len's safety.


Jake Wood and Janette Manrara

© BBC


20:07Right, he did do a bit of a fall over. But we don't even care a little bit because that was brilliant and definitely the best dance of the night. Uh-ma-zing!


20:05"Some of the EastEnders cast." Errr, really? We must've missed 'em.


20:04Wahey, Jake Wood! We won't faff about here. He's definitely our favourite. Partly because he's brilliant at dancing, but mainly because he always seems grumpy while saying he's having the time of his life.


Thom Evans and Iveta Lukosiute

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20:00Iveta is channelling early Mad Men and Thom looks daft - although he wouldn't look out of place in a Hoxton coffee bar. The dancing is competent and all, but definitely didn't knock our socks off - as Len would say.


19:58The concentration on Thom's face when he was delivering those lines was priceless.


19:57Um, what has happened to Thom Evans? Did he get accidentally locked in the tanning booth after everyone went home?


19:56Sunetra's easily pleased. The highlight of her week is that she's been lifted up.


19:55We don't think we want to see Brendan's bongos or glitterballs, thank you very much.


19:55Brendan, meanwhile, has split his trousers - and Kevin did the same last week! Dare we suggest that wardrobe are making weak crotches (cough) deliberately to boost ratings? Conspiracy!


Sunetra Sarker and Brendan Cole

© BBC


19:53The lyric 'Upside Down' as Sunetra went....upside down. The choreographers have enjoyed a word / move match or two tonight.


19:52Sunetra's up next! We hate to say it, but if you've been busting for a wee, cup of tea or both, you might want to indulge now. Unless you're a huge Casualty or Holby fan (which is she in again?) we're not sure how exciting this is!


19:49Tim can't help but leap up those stairs and put his arm around Natalie and Claudia's waists. It's like he can't get out of Bargain Hunt presenting mode. They're not the Red and Blue teams, Tim!


19:48We definitely didn't miss Tim's pelvis undertuck, Darcy. Barf.


Strictly Come dancing results show, Tim Wonnacott

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19:46The lyrics may be ironic, but Tim is throwing himself into this paso wholeheartedly - even calling himself Manuel. A bit of us wishes he wasn't, but that certainly raised a titter.


19:45This is what we've been waiting for.


19:45A denim baseball cap, a purple flappy thing, a Smurf hat. Is he wearing them for bets or something?


19:44Those hardcore Bargain Hunt fans have a lot to answer for, that's all I'm saying.


19:43Crikey, what has happened to Tim this week? He's dressed as a statue you'd see on the South Bank.


19:42If Donny were here he'd have shouted "BABY" six times and given Pixie an 11.


19:41Robin Windsor in the audience there. We hope he's well enough to come back next year, he's ace.


19:41Obviously - OBVIOUSLY - Pixie is an amazing dancer. But it'd be very interesting to know how many votes she was getting each week, as she doesn't come across as the warmest out of everyone.


19:39Pixie's balling her eyes out after that. It wasn't that bad, love!


Pixie Lott and Trent Whiddon

© BBC


19:36Anyway, Pixe's up next with the worst Strictly dance - the rumba. No-one likes either dancing it or watching it.


19:35Why has no-one yet commented on Tim's pink / green training headgear? Can anyone answer the question of what the flip he keeps wearing on his bonce?


19:34Steve got 27 - the same as Alison. We don't know about you, but we think something's awry there!


19:33Len is more London taaaan than Danny Dyer eating a tub of jellied eels in a black cab.


19:31If it weren't for Strictly, we'd never have known that the word armography existed. Actually, we're still not entirely sure that it does.


Steve Backshall and Ola Jordan

© BBC


19:30We admit that we had painfully low expectations of Steve before this started, but he's quickly becoming one of our favourites. He just did the ruddy splits for goodness sakes!


19:27Steve Backshall is up next. Slowly but surely we're being exposed to more of his body bits. We've had the arms, now we get the chest. Sky+ it, and then you can piece it all together week by week.


19:26At least they'll get 50% of Grimsby's vote.


19:26Ouch, a score of 15 is pretty brutal.


19:25Len just totally slagged them off before adding at the end: "However [dramatic pause]. It is what it is." We should've known better than to expect a compliment sandwich there.


Scott Mills and Joanne Clifton

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19:23We can't get enough of Scott's endlessly optimistic face! He's so lovely. Unfortunate he's such a crap dancer.


19:22Scott stole our line! How is he reading this at the same time he's on the dancefloor? Scary.


19:21And our second favourite moment was what we're about to call the reverse Westlife air grab.


19:20Our favourite moment so far is his graceful turn around at the same time as the lyric 'Turn Around'.


19:19Scott's calling in the biggest VIP he knows! This is going to be amazing! Oh my God! It's.... his niece Emily.


19:18People in the front row beware. Here's Scott Mills. Although he's thankfully not being flanked by crabs and horrific eye make-up this week.


19:16Budget Cards? Is that the dance move they keep banging on about? We have no idea...


19:15Alison is more gold than a pawnbrokers. But she was having a proper laugh, going down to funky town with Bruno.


Alison Hammond and Aljaz Skorjanec

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19:12Extra props to the amended lyrics. We definitely don't think Craig can handle this...


19:12We basically think the less said about this VT and the cardboard Jay-Z the better. But at the end of the day, Alison is one of our favourite people - let alone favourite dancers. What a truly lovely lass.


19:11Still to come, says Claudia.... 'Dancing!'. Just making sure everyone knows they're watching Strictly instead of X Factor.


19:09Birdy flap? Trucking steps? Are we sure Craig doesn't just make this stuff up as he goes?


19:08Len's walnuts have been pickled so many times over the years they must be going off by now.


Simon Webbe and Kristina Rihanoff

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19:06Anyway, although Simon isn't totally blowing us away with this Charleston it's the best dance we think he's done so far! And hey, at least he's smiling for once!


19:05We wonder if those Pearly Kings / Queens ever think 'sod it' and just head to Tesco in a tracksuit.


19:04It was a bit of a mega shocker that Simon was in the bottom two last week, and we can't help but think he could do a lot better than he has been so far!


19:03A score of 22 and he's elated. We bet Anton even smiles like that when he opens his water bill. Does anything make him miffed?


19:01We could make a cruel joke about needing a stairlift here. But we wouldn't be that mean about Anton...


19:00We particularly liked the end as well, Darcy. Mainly because it was over and Judy escaped with both her hips in tact.


18:59Craig is loving his illegal lifts this year. He also praises her stiffness and suggests that she's had a lobotomy. Come on, Craig, you're better than that!


Judy Murray and Anton Du Beke

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18:58This isn't her best or worst dance in our very unimportant opinion. But we reckon it's the Anton Fan Club who've kept this pair in the competition thus far...


18:56Whoops - think there's been a bit too much waxing of the floor going on. Instead of a graceful bum slide, Judy ended up looking like she fell over on an ice rink.


18:56We've been waiting four weeks to see Andy Murray in the audience, and the best we get is a Skype call. But heck, we'll take it. And like any son, he's revolted at the thought of his mum being all sexy over primetime BBC One telly.


18:55Judy and Anton are facing up to the tango next. Here's hoping she's lost her case of rigamortis.


18:53Len uses the word "mincified" to unanimous bafflement. And then harps on about being a pensioner.


Mark Wright and Karen Hauer

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18:51Yeah, we were also appalled by Mark's flat hands. Obviously.


18:49We know Mark's from Essex, but that amount of white attire is ridiculous. Saying that, his dancing is coming on leaps and bounds every week. Could he be a finalist? We wouldn't want to bet against it.


18:48Tick "I want to make my nan proud" off your reality TV bingo sheet, everyone...


18:47Mark is doing a Christopher Maloney here and wheeling out his nanna. And her sausage plait.


18:46Mark Wright has most certainly gone up in our estimations after that Superman routine last week. His flying almost topped Widdy's.


18:45Claudia's just saying what we're all thinking. Nope, Donny's 10 didn't really count last week. And it definitely doesn't count now.


18:45Claudia loves threatening to eat people. Or their eye make-up.


18:44We hope Kevin got some blotting paper for his forehead for his birthday.


Frankie Bridge and Kevin Clifton

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18:43Len loves it when they come out and give it some welly, but we can't help but think that another 10 will prove very elusive this week.


18:41Good evening Strictly fans! We've had a few quick stepping gremlins in our computer, but we're up and running in time for Frankie and Kevin's fantastic opener!

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Celebrity Big Brother launch: As it happened

By , Entertainment Reporter
Celebrity Big Brother 2014 live blog

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Ah. So here we are again.

The Big Brother house has been Hoovered, the Diary Room has had a lick of paint and Emma Willis has bought a new frock.

Tonight, a whole new bunch of desperate fame-hungry celebrities will be waving their way down the aisle and over to the slidey doors of doom as they enter this series of Celebrity Big Brother.

Paul Daniels? Maybe. White Dee? Possibly. Someone we've literally never heard of from a soap? Definitely.

Tune into Channel 5 from 9pm with Digital Spy, as we watch the CBB circus roll into town...

23:13Thanks for joining Digital Spy, and remember - don't have nightmares. G'night!


23:13So, did you recognise all of the housemates? Most of them? Three of them? None of them? We have to admit, it doesn't look great. But the main thing is, there's potential. And who knows what the next four weeks will hold...


The Celebrity Big Brother housemates

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23:10Anyway, as quickly as she popped up, Emma's disappeared! And that's the end of that...


23:10RYLAN'S TEETH ALERT!


23:09We don't think Dee's going to last 24 minutes keeping this up, let alone 24 hours.


23:08They're really making Dee work for her dosh, aren't they?


23:07Is Dee being royal going to result in a "Chantelle pretending to be Paris Hilton" type scenario, where after the show she sort of becomes what she was pretending to be?


White Dee - as Duchess Deirdre - enters the Celebrity Big Brother house

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23:06Channel 5, you have outdone yourselves. And not, repeat not, in a good way. Here's 'The Duchess'...


23:05Emma's eye thing is really freaking us out.


22:58"We already know each other!" "Who are you?". This is terrible! Was Gary really cleared by proper medical professional people to be on CBB?


22:57This really does not seem cool. He has literally no idea where he is or what's going on, and cannot recollect the fact that Emma just asked him three questions. Is this...OK...?!


22:55Although, fair play, he's 70. Which means he's one of the oldest things to ever enter Celebrity Big Brother, alongside Jim Davidson's sense of humour.


Gary Busey enters the Celebrity Big Brother house

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22:55Has he been up to much in the past 20 years? The last time we saw Gary was on Family Guy.


22:54He's OD'd on cocaine, and has a real talent for remembering dates apparently. He's also happiest when he's "breathing and eating".


22:53Point Break! Lethal Weapon! Hold onto your hats, it's Gary Busey!


22:53Eek, it's the final housemate!


22:51Frenchy actually makes Courtney Stodden look like Kate Middleton.


22:51You won't be surprised to discover that her Wikipedia page says she has starred in "6 adult films" - one of which is called 'Milf School'. Nuff said.


Frenchy enters the Celebrity Big Brother house

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22:50At this point, we do have to give a massive shout out to Rock of Love, Bret Michaels and his ludicrous wigs and bandana combos. 'Frenchy' was a contestant, and that show was bloody wicked. As was Flavour of Love.


22:49"Obviously, I love cock". Oh dear Lord. And she looks exactly like Donatella Versace.


22:48No, we've never heard of her either. It's Angelique 'Frenchy' Morgan. Umm..


22:41But this man has won an Emmy for flip's sake. AN EMMY.


22:41Leslie's done communal living and describes himself as "damaged goods". He's also unaware that he's currently outdoors, and is scared of farting in the house.


22:40Now that YouTube is "a thing", we have less and less sympathy for Americans who go into CBB and have never seen it before.


Leslie Jordan enters the Celebrity Big Brother house

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22:38It's Will & Grace's Leslie Jordan! He's a wee 4' 11" and says he "fell out of his mother's womb and landed in her high heels. And I've been on the prance ever since." Amazing.


22:37White Dee = The Governess from ITV's The Chase. Seriously, Google it.


22:35Right, the housemates are gathered at the sofas to hear the latest White Dee news. Thrilling doesn't even begin to describe it.


22:34Argh, everyone's talking over each other so much we can't hear a ruddy word.


22:33"Stephanie owns a Yorkshire Poodle called Charlie". Well that sentence was quite possibly the biggest waste of oxygen. Ever.


Stephanie Pratt enters the Celebrity Big Brother house

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22:32And it turns out that it was Spencer who told producers to get in touch with his sis about starring on the show. Is she sure that her brother actually likes her?


22:31Fact fans! In 2006, Stephanie was arrested for shoplifting $1,300 worth of stuff from a store in Honolulu.


22:30MIC's Lucy Watson showed Stephanie videos of CBB where housemates were electrocuted and made to eat donkey balls. And she still said yes.


22:29The Pratts are turning Celebrity Big Brother into a family business. Following brother Spencer, it's Stephanie!


22:24It doesn't pay to be last into CBB. The crowd are more narky as they've been in the rain for longer AND there's going to be no Champagne (although it's probably fizzy wine) left.


22:23"Oh, Geordie Shore. Is that the Newcastle programme?" - we love Kellie already!


22:23One of the main characteristics of Ricci is that he's "known for his incredibly short shorts". Everyone's got to have a hobby, right?


22:20He's after Mila Kunis or Eva Mendes in the CBB house. Um, well there's Lauren Goodger. She's just as good, right?


Ricci Guarnaccio enters the Celebrity Big Brother house

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22:19It's Ricci Guarnaccio! And the sixth word out of the former Geordie Shore star's mouth was "mortal".


22:18Celebrities are just like us really. Put in a room of strangers, and stilted, awkward chit chat will follow.


22:17Strangest celebrity fact so far: Edele buys Lauren Goodger's range of eyelashes.


22:17Did Edele, B*Witched sister Keavy and brother Boyzone's Shane (who's in the crowd!) ever form a supergroup? If not, we're calling Louis Walsh with that plan first thing in the morning. He's going to be all bloody over that.


22:16Edele gives us an update on her menstrual cycle before heading up the stairs. Well, going into CBB is one terrible decision she can't blame on the weatherman. But hey, c'est la vie. (We're VERY sorry)


22:14It's SO sad to hear that The Big Reunion trashed B*Witched. That show might have given us so much, but it's taken away a bit of our soul.


22:13So, um, the B*Witched reunion went well then. Here's Edele Lynch!


Edele Lynch enters the Celebrity Big Brother house

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22:12Ah right, we're actually going through with this Solihull Duchess thing? Cripes.


22:08Plus, his whole raison d'être is watching TV, which means a) he must have seen CBB before so b) why the hell would he agree to do this?


22:07George just seems like an excited labrador at the prospect of being off the sofa and in the fresh air.


22:06He raised money for charity by going on a date "with a fan". We would never have guessed he had any, let alone enough to bid for him in an auction.


22:05Was there a mix-up in the casting? Going by this calibre, surely George would have been more suitable for Big Brother, while Helen Wood should have been on Celebrity Big Brother?


22:04Leon and June must have been busy, so we've got that annoying lad George, who sits between his beslippered mum and exasperated stepdad on Channel 4's Gogglebox.


George Gilbey enters the Celebrity Big Brother house

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22:03When it comes to this next housemate, this really is television eating itself. What the heck is going on here?


22:02Speaking of that sex tape, we can't help think Goodger had something to do with it. "There is only one thing in life worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about" to quote Oscar Wilde. Not sure those two will ever be mentioned in the same breath again.


22:01Doing anything in a pub car park is pretty naff, but getting engaged to Mark Wright in one is not cool.


22:00Loz is "s**tting herself", while we give her 48-hours before she's blubbing in the Diary Room.


21:59Pouty of face, big of boob, she of six-second sex tape. "It's going to be absolute banter". Sometimes, we hate what society has become...


21:57The Only Way is Elstree. It's Lauren Goodger.


Lauren Goodger enters the Celebrity Big Brother house

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21:57Was that enough time to get a cup of tea / coffee / Tequila [delete as appropriate]? 'Cos we're back.


21:52Awh, Kellie and Audley have had a good catch up, while he wastes no time in grilling her. And planned or unplanned, Claire and Kellie have come as twins.


21:50Unlike some 'celebrities' entering CBB tonight (trust us, there's worse to come), at least Audley is famous for having a ring-full of talent.


21:49He's not asking much from his fellow housemates. He basically wants everyone to have good toilet seat karma and wash their hands. What an odd thing to say on live TV...


21:48The most interesting thing about Audley, according to him, is his big feet. And he's stolen one of Snoop Dogg/Lion's suits.


21:46It's gold medal-winning, MBE-earning punchy man Audley Harrison going in next!


Audley Harrison enters the Celebrity Big Brother house

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21:45Poor Kellie seems genuinely terrified and nervous. And asks James Jordan if he's "that dance coach". Ouch.


21:44Kellie gets the best reaction out of the lot so far this evening! Although we can't help but think Emma is being a bit of a cow by saying it will all be "fun and games". Not like every other series of CBB then, which have all been "stressful and traumatic"?


Kellie Maloney enters the Celebrity Big Brother house

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21:42Up next is Kellie Maloney - formerly known as boxing promoter Frank!


21:37OK, so Dee - or Deirdre, the Duchess of Solihull, 21st in line to the throne - is off for a "regal revamp" as she has to convince the next three housemates - who are all American - that she's genuine royalty for 24 hours. This is gonna be ace.


21:35Well this is a terrifying vision of the future. White Dee becomes a member of the Royal family, living in Buckingham Palace with Fungi.


21:32Only four housemates in, and Dee is called to the Diary Room. And it's had a makeover. Three words: gold, gold and gold.


21:31Oooh, twisty time is here.


21:31"The king has arrived!" he declares. Is this guy for real? Eugh. And Dee says she "had a feeling" he would be in CBB. So basically she just read The Mirror earlier today.


David McIntosh enters the Celebrity Big Brother house

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21:29OK, we had never heard David speak before. And after 2 and a half minutes, we want to push him down the CBB stairs. Kelly, seriously, WHAT are you thinking?


21:28Even a character from Hollyoaks would look at David's backstory and deem it implausible. But, and this is all true, he used to be a Royal Marines Commando serving in Iraq, Afghanistan and Somalia, he was 'Tornado' on Sky1's Gladiators, he's engaged to a gorgeous model and earlier this year, he crashed said van carrying said load of dead badgers after falling asleep at the wheel.


21:27David McIntosh. So, so, so, so modest.


21:26And on we go! Eek. Kelly Brook, turn off your television NOW. And keep it off for the next few months.


21:25The former Emmerdale actress also has two TV Quick Awards under her belt. Alan Partridge, eat your heart out.


21:24Claire can't stop saying the words 'bitch' and 'super bitch'. Anyway, she also says that she'd be frustrated by housemates who 'claim off the system' and is a grumpy old woman. Place your bets, people...


Claire King enters the Celebrity Big Brother house

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21:21Here's the obligatory soap 'star' - Claire King!


21:18We have also just noticed that CBB has made the very brilliant decision to ditch the name tags, so no-one has a clue who anyone is. Amazing. Bring on the awks.


21:16"How was your stay?" - what the heck? What's so funny? Eh? EH?


21:15Hmm, we're beginning to think that maybe his former Strictly partner Vanessa Feltz persuaded him to do it and told him that doing CBB was amazing. Just to get her sweet revenge.


21:14Has James come in fancy dress as Jason Gardiner or summat?


21:13If he can't handle the odd crap comment from Craig Revel Horwood, how the hell will he cope with CBB?


21:12James does promise a glimpse of buttock if he gets drunk. Right Dee, crack out the Lambrinis. Pronto.


21:12It's Strictly Come Dancing's James Jordan, who obviously couldn't bear the thought of an autumn without starring on a reality TV show. So after getting the boot from BBC One, he's come to the dark side.


James Jordan enters the Celebrity Big Brother house

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21:11And we're off again. Oh no. James, James, James...


21:10Love her or hate her, we'll eat our JSA form if Dee doesn't do well in this show.


21:10Emma was goading her to kick right off, and Dee was having none of it. Just give it 5 mins, Ems.


21:09With her (rumoured) wad of cash she's received for this, we hope she's bought a supportive bra or five. No-one wants to see her do a Denise Welsh. Shudder.


21:07And to the tune of Street Life. Classy, CBB. Classy.


White Dee enters the Celebrity Big Brother house

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21:07White Dee! Fresh from Magaluf and pissing off David Cameron (yes, really) she's spoiling for a fight two minutes into CBB. She's said the F-word about 57 times, says she's going to miss the fags and tea and comes out to a wall of booing.


21:06Woah, no messing. It's straight up with the first housemate. And it's...


21:05It's the very awesome Emma Willis! We haven't seen her for a whole weekend, we were beginning to get withdrawal symptoms. Although she does seem to have forgotten what programme she's presenting. "Celebrity Big......Brother!"


21:04Here. We. Go.


21:04Gooood evening CBB fans. Before we get on with the main event tonight, we just have to say... How flipping awesome does Gotham look?! Ryan - sorry, Ben McKenzie - we've missed you on our tellybox.

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Gangnam Style, saucy kisses: What we can expect from Mel B on X Factor

By , Entertainment Editor
Mel B was confirmed as the fourth X Factor judge this morning - but it's not going to be her first go at starring on a Simon Cowell show. Not only did she pop up as a guest on The X Factor UK back in 2012, but she was a fixture of the Australian version show, too - and she's on America's Got Talent.

With that in mind, we figured that we could probably work out what kind of judge she's going to be by poring over old footage (or, er, spending all morning on YouTube.) Read on for 10 things we can expect when Mel B joins The X Factor...

Mel B attends the 'America's Got Talent' New Orleans auditions as a judge at UNO Lakefront Arena on March 4, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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1. Performances of classic Spice Girls songs.
Right, so we're sold already. Admittedly, this was when Mel was just a guest mentor on the Australian X Factor, but it's bloody amazing. She joins the top five for a virtuoso performance of 'Stop' - which, by the way, we're still furious peaked at number two (it has number one written all over it and its amazing dance routine.) If this gets repeated during a live show - get Dermie involved! - we'll be very pleased indeed.

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The Voice grand final: Who's going to be crowned winner? - live blog

By , Entertainment Editor
Oh, you know what, we're feeling all twitchy. The Voice comes to an end tonight and we can't wait for all the action and the emotional crowning - who will it be?

Christina Marie, Jamie Johnson, Jermain Jackman and Sally Barker are still in the running, but first they just have to pull off three final performances. So no pressure, then.

Join Digital Spy as we bring you all the action - the show starts at 7pm, so get your pizza order in now...

The Voice coaches Ricky, Tom, Kylie and will.i.am perform 'Rocks' by Primal Scream

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21:05So that's it! We have a winner! Make sure you let us know what you think of all that in the comments... and we'll see you back here next year...




21:04So that's it! Jermain is crying his way through 'And I Am Telling You'. We've got over the shock - isn't Jermain a sweetie? But look, we have an Eoghan Quigg-style stage invasion with all the contestants running on stage! There's confetti. The credits cut in over the top. WHAT ARE YOU DOING, BBC ONE?


21:02Truth.




21:02Jermain thanks Will, his family and friends and says this is an achievement "for every single person around the world - especially in the UK" who has had a dream and worked for it. He tells everyone to fight for their dreams. So that's nice.


21:01Will gets the party started by saying that Jermain "has a lot of work to do". Way to go, Will. But he says the victory is more than him singing - it's "direction and guidance" for the rest of his life. Deep.


21:00What do you think? Are you happy? Are you shocked? Are you outraged? Are you baffled? Let us know...


20:59There is shock in our living room. Not the Digital Spy favourite. Not the bookies' favourite (they will be fuming). The Voice has an unpredictable winner yet again!


20:59So. The winner. Of The Voice. 2014. IS... JERMAIN JACKMAN!


20:58OH MY GOD. The finalists are on the stage. IT'S TIME.


20:58Excellent point.




20:57It's almost time to reveal the winner but we might as well have a bit more filler, eh? So we're getting a recap of the finalists' "journeys". Excellent.


20:53There is a very 'Elton John's Your Song' thing about 'The Man', isn't there? I mean, is that an intentional sample? I feel so out of the loop.


20:52It's time for another 'musical interlude' - this time from Aloe Blacc. DO 'I NEED A DOLLAR'. (He's not. He's doing 'The Man'. Boo.)


20:51Ricky says he'll rap on live TV if Christina Marie wins. Will offers to get naked for Jermain. Um, let's move on. But wait - the vote is now closed. You can't ring now! It's too late!


20:50I mean, Marvin is beatboxing in the V Room right now while Will raps about Jermain. It's like all the toddlers at a birthday party have got a bit over-tired and hyper.


20:49Yes, this really happened. Has this final been going on for so long that everyone's gone a bit hysterical?




20:48Will just described Kylie as a "cuddly koala". But to be honest the best bit of this judges' montage is clearly all the Tom.


20:47Hehe.




20:46Right, if you want to audition for The Voice, you have to apply by May 30. So no hanging around!


20:46Just in case you wanted to relive that hideously awkward Cheryl Cole watch moment, here's a picture. We're cringing again.




20:42Right, that's it - everyone's performed for the final time. So who's going to win? Who are you voting for? Let us know!


20:42Will says he's emotional because Jermain is getting in to music to do good: "I wanna be down with you for the rest of your career." Apparently even Will's grandma in heaven will be rooting for Jermain.


20:40Will is only crying! Goodness me. Is there something in the water? The crowd is going wild, too. Could Jermain be a surprise winner?


20:39Jermain hasn't had the strongest night, to be honest, but this is pretty great. And he holds the huge note like nobody's business. He's doing really well, here. What do you think?


The Voice finalist Jermain Jackman sings 'And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going' from the musical Dreamgirls

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20:37Finally - yes, the final competitive song of the competition, waaaah - it's Jermain with his repeat of 'And I Am Telling You'... Will says he wants Jermain in his life but that might just be because he likes saying "Jermain".


20:36Well, the judges loved Sally, but what did you think? One thing is for sure, Damahepa down in the comments is very unhappy that Jamie has gone home. What about you guys?


20:34You might not think Olly Murs and Sally Barker would be natural bedfellows but somehow this song just plays to her strengths, doesn't it?


The Voice finalist Sally Barker sings 'Dear Darlin' by Olly Murs

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20:31So Christina Marie has done all she can. Will you be voting for her? Next up, though, is Sally Barker - and she's going to revisit 'Dear Darlin'' - because it was out of her comfort zone.


20:30Oh, Ricky's getting all emotional again. He's talking down the camera again. He says the show needs a hit and Christina Marie can deliver it. It's intense.


20:28Well, this is basically just 'wow', isn't it. This was the song that made us sit up and pay attention to Christina Marie, and she's killing it again.


20:27Anyway, time for the third round - the final three must now sing their 'song of the series'. Christina Marie is doing 'The Power of Love' again - which was amazing in the battles.


The Voice finalist Christina Marie sings 'The Power of Love' by Frankie Goes to Hollywood

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20:26We're still laughing at Marvin's tiny little tie.


20:25"Remember, this isn't just about tonight." WE GET IT, EMMA. Anyway, the vote has reopened, so get dialling...


20:24Kylie says The Voice has been "extraordinary" for her. Was that, um, a goodbye speech? I guess we'll have to wait and see...


20:22So Kylie Minogue might have 'saved The Voice', as everyone says, but she's first out of the competition. Just saying...


20:21And the person out of the competition is... Jamie Johnson. Thoughts? Are you angry? Sad? Indifferent? Let us know below!


Jamie Johnson is eliminated from The Voice 2014

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20:21Waaaaah, someone is about to be eliminated! Who do you think it will be? Get your final predictions in...


20:19So much love for Bob Blakeley in this recap. Good on The Voice for reminding us of all the people that probably should have gone through...


20:17We're getting an extended recap of the series, but it did have a fishmonger describing Will as "bananas", while holding a massive fish. So that was nice. At least this is quite a light-hearted look at the past few weeks. It's much better than your standard 'reality show final recap'.


20:15Right everyone, this is serious - the vote is now frozen. Who do you think is about to have their dreams dashed?


20:13


20:11Right, time for one of those 'famous people performance interludes'. Enter... Paloma Faith. Yes, this is the final. On the other hand, Sir Tom's grooving is fantastic.


20:10Emma is hot. TEMPERATURE WISE. Behave.


20:09Everyone just had a bit of an impromptu singalong. We're concerned. Christina Marie says her favourite boyband is the Kaiser Chiefs. Way to dodge the question and simultaneously accidentally insult Ricky in one fell swoop.


20:08The coaches are in the V Room now (hehe). There are important viewer questions, like who smells better - Sir Tom or Marvin. Kylie says Marvin, Sir Tom gets all aggressive, and it's amazing. (We think Marvin made that question up so Kylie would sniff him.)


20:06Aww.




20:05Right, all of the finalists have performed twice now - so who are you backing?


20:02They're doing 'There Must Be An Angel (Playing With My Heart)'. It's fine but they're not clicking their fingers and disappearing, are they? Still, Jamie is undeniably good, Kylie is obviously fab, and there's a classic choir, so...


The Voice finalist Jamie Johnson sings 'There Must Be An Angel' with Kylie Minogue

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20:00Time for the last finalist duet! We've had Kylie and Jason, and Kylie and Robbie, Emma says. Now it's time for Kylie and Jamie! Proof that Kylie is an amazing coach - she took him to meet Justin Timberlake. JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE. He's slow motion laughing because Justin obviously laughs in slow motion. "The stage is yours, my friend," he says. If we were Jamie, we'd be pinching ourselves.


19:58Will is up on stage, because of course he is. He says the only thing to keep people out of difficult situations is "imagination" - and promises Jermain would use his success for amazing things. Aww.


19:57They disappeared again! I don't understand. Will suddenly appears in his chair. That was ridiculous but kind of amazing, not going to lie. Emma promises it was all live too. (On the other hand, the singing was really only okay.)


The Voice finalist Jermain Jackman sings 'Pure imagination' with will.i.am

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19:56WAIT. Will just clicked his fingers and disappeared. WHAT. And then everyone appeared on stage dancing, 'Harlem Shake'-style. We have no idea how they're doing this but it's kind of incredible. (The singing is fine, too, I guess.)


19:55Get ready, everyone, this is going to be mental. Will's got his iPad (sorry, 'generic tablet') out and is flicking through pictures of Jermain - but it goes all crazy as the video of Jermain singing live is on Will's iPad ('generic tablet') and we've got all confused.


will.i.am introduces his duet with Jermain

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19:53Before all the performance stuff, mind, Will takes Jermain to the fancy Corinthia Hotel and then to go to Buckingham Palace. No big deal, right?


19:53Next up - will.i.am and Jermain, and they're going to be singing 'Pure Imagination'. Well, this is going to be wacky, then, isn't it? Can it beat Russell Brand's version at the Olympics?


19:52Emma just did a Tom Jones impression which was basically terrible. But Tom says this won't be the last time he sings with Sally - he'll do a duet for her album. I guess that's if she wins...


19:51Fact: 'Walking in Memphis' singer Marc Cohn was shot in the head but survived and was released from hospital the next day. Just thought we'd throw that in there.


19:48Both Sally and Tom have got the stools out, but Sally looks like she had to rush on stage and hasn't quite got sat down properly and has to cling on so she doesn't fall off. This is a very nice performance, though.


The Voice finalist Sally Barker sings 'Walking in Memphis' with Sir Tom Jones

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19:48Every time Sir Tom sings we cheer.


19:47Time for Sir Tom and Sally Barker! They're going to do 'Walking in Memphis', but in preparation he takes her to the ace Union Chapel where he performed before for a bit of inspiration. And he promises to be in the front seat when she's filling out venues like it. Aww. Besties.


19:45"Ricky is sweating more than Christina," Emma says. Lovely. It's all got a bit beauty pageant though as Ricky just told Christina: "You're my finalist, you're the world's finalist." What?!


19:43We're torn on what this sounds like in the Digital Spy living room. Is it Mel C & Bryan Adams, or The Beautiful South? It's not very interesting, sadly, but at least Christina Marie is reliably good.


19:42When we went to see Ricky recently and asked him how the other Kaiser Chiefs felt about him going on The Voice, he looked us dead in the eyes and deadpanned: "They f**king love it." They seem to be enjoying it now, at least...


The Voice finalist Christina Marie sings 'Coming Home' with Kaiser Chiefs

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19:41So, they're doing the Kaiser Chiefs' new single 'Coming Home' - because Kylie doing 'Into The Blue' the other week didn't cause any kind of problems at all, no siree.


19:41Yay! It's time for the coach duets - first up, it's Ricky and Christina Marie. Before all that, we get to see her and Ricky on Radio 1 with Grimmy, getting papped ("It was really strange") and then going on Radio 2 with Chris Evans where the Kaiser Chiefs did an acoustic set. She's very good at doing a polite head bob.


19:39Emma says that before people vote, they should think about whose album they'd buy and whose tickets they'd purchase. Hmm. Anyway the vote is now open. Who are you picking up the phone for?


19:37Jermain has changed into a fantastic hat - and promises things are going to get "weird and wonderful". Wait, they're not weird already?


19:36All of the live finalists are in the V Room, so at least there's no bitterness. On the other hand, there is awkwardness. Marvin is making Jamie do the worm live on television. Is this some kind of initiation?


19:35"Go to the V Room" will never not sound filthy to us. Sorry.


19:34Tom nearly did a swear! Emma moved on very quickly... probably just as well. Ricky says Jamie is a good singer as well as a "really nice guy". Aww, isn't it all lovely?


19:32Mind you, Jamie has shooting smoke, and it has at least kicked in a bit. All of the finalists have sung now, so what are you thinking? Who is your favourite? Who didn't quite do the job? Have you changed your mind?


19:31Jamie's doing a bit of 'Missing You'. It's all very good and everything but this has been an undeniably ballad-heavy first round, hasn't it?


The Voice finalist Jamie Johnson sings 'Missing You'

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19:29Time for the last finalist - it's Jamie Johnson. His home visit includes mention of "chicken nuggets", so is easily the best.


19:27Sorry. We couldn't resist.




19:27We don't quite now what's going on but Ricky just got up to give Will a hug. Then Tom. Now everyone is hugging. Maybe he did take those seasickness pills after all.


19:25Kylie loves Jermain's "knee trembling". Oo-er, missus. Enter Sir Tom: "I thought that meant something else."


19:25Will is on his watch phone which could have been amazing if it wasn't breaking up and no-one could hear her. It was Cheryl Cole, though. She thought it was good. Will had to tell us that. But, you know, points for trying I guess.


19:23Well, Jermain's low register is getting more and more insane each week, isn't it? Oh, and there goes the key change and the high note. Will's dancing on his seat... but Jermain's last big note is a little off. Not the best we've seen tonight.


19:22I know it's very cool that Jermain is suspended mid-air for this, but the heavy duty health-and-safety arm grip kind of spoils the effect a bit. Good song, mind, and Jermain is doing well enough with it. It's not spectacular, but he's still obviously got talent.


The Voice finalist Jermain Jackman sings 'Wrecking Ball' by Miley Cyrus

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19:21Oh my God, if Jermain wins he'll get a "reception in the town hall" from the mayor? As if the record deal wasn't enough!


19:20Time for a bit of Jermain Jackman! And guess what, he's going to do a bit of 'Wrecking Ball', though he's not happy about the video. To be honest, if Jermain stripped off and started licking a hammer it would definitely spice things up. Possibly not 'prime minister' material, mind.


19:19Will just said that Sally's performance was a bit 'Disney'. How good are we? Get us in one of those spinny chairs pronto.


19:18Ricky just said that if people vote for Sally he hopes they buy her records and go to her concerts as well. Maybe he's thinking of the show's previous winners...


19:17Tom declares that he always knew Sally would be in the final (sorry, the rest of his team.) Oh, Tom just said: "She touched me, and she still touches me." BEHAVE EVERYONE. Yes, that includes you, you naughty whooping audience.


19:16Is Sally feeling calm inside tonight? "Not at all, no. I'm feeling nervous inside." Thanks for the insight, Sally!


19:15Is it just us, though, or has this all gone a bit 'Disney'?


The Voice finalist Sally Barker sings 'From Both Sides Now' by Joni Mitchell

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19:14Oh no, Sally's singing Joni Mitchell's 'From Both Sides Now' also known as the song that Emma Thompson cries to in Love Actually. Excuse us while we grab a tissue...


19:13Time for the "Queen of Leicester" - Sally Barker (that's after a completely gratuitous "yeah" from Tom, of course.) She's off home to see her friends and family, too. Is anyone else thinking how few people would be at their own homecoming? Just us? Anyway, it's all pretty much the same as Christina Marie's visit - not-at-all rehearsed speeches, banners, and hugs.


19:10Kylie gushes over Christina Marie (she's a "pleasure" apparently); Will enjoys her "perfection" and says she never hit a low point - he even toasts her. Tom giggles and announces: "That is perfection, right there." Ricky looks like he might burst into tears. Oh, he's gone. Oh dear. "She needs you to vote for her," he says, pointing down the camera. The new Lord Kitchener.


19:08It's a standing ovation from the coaches but the dissenter on our sofa thinks that was a boring song choice. What do you lot reckon?


19:07So Christina Marie is belting out a bit of 'Fix You'. Her voice is basically flawless, and the song does sound different from Coldplay's version. It's getting the full "choir and key change" treatment, because this is the final.


The Voice finalist Christina Marie sings 'Fix You' by Coldplay

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19:05Christina Marie is up first - DS's fave in our poll. She's off home for some emotional hugging and awkward motivational speeches. It works, though: "I feel like Popeye after he's eaten spinach."


19:04Here come the finalists! Christina Marie, Sally Barker, Jamie Johnson and Jermain Jackman have just taken to the stage, so commence your squealing now.


The Voice finalists Christina Marie, Sally Barker, Jamie Johnson and Jermain Jackman

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19:02Tom's air punches just made us scream. We're all fired up now, and here are Emma and Marvin to really get the party started. What did you think of the coaches' performance? (That's if you can distract yourselves from how amazing Emma looks and how short Marvin's white waistcoat is making his black tie look.)


19:01That slow-motion wink from Ricky - we could have done without that, to be honest.


19:00We have never seen a man pout as much as Ricky just then. On the other hand, Tom Jones has NEVER LOOKED SMOOTHER. Kylie's on her lips in the sky, it's all 'Rocks' by Primal Scream and slow-mo and we're getting a bit over-excited.


The Voice coaches Ricky, Tom, Kylie and will.i.am perform 'Rocks' by Primal Scream

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18:59Here we go! The audience certainly look excited...




18:59Um, can we skip The Voice and watch this CBBC version of Britannia High that they're advertising instead, please? Please?


18:56Some of the finalists have said they're determined not to flop. Do you think they have star power? Get involved in the comments!


18:51Kylie's already taking pictures of her bum and posting them on Twitter, so looks like we're going to be in for a good night.




18:48But, like, what's actually going to happen tonight? Well, the contestants will be performing three times - a new song, their song of the series, and a fresh duet with their coach (as Will would say.) Oh, and we have Aloe Blacc and Paloma Faith providing the "musical interludes".


18:45Oh, look, lots of former contestants have popped up in Elstree to support the finalists. (Or make the most of the free bar. Whatever.)




18:41So, the question on everybody's lips tonight is who's going to win. I mean, that's kind of the whole point, isn't it? If you lot have your way, it seems it'll be Christina Marie who is crowned victorious - but the bookies reckon it's going to be Sally. Let us know who you're backing in the comments!


18:34Right, are we all getting ready then? It looks like we could well be in for a pretty spectacular entrance from a certain Miss Kylie Minogue if this picture from rehearsal is anything to go by...

Kylie Minogue arrives in style for The Voice UK - Grand Final.

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X Factor Voice voices opinion on Simon, Cheryl & judge rumours

By , Showbiz Editor
He's the voice of The X Factor, and now Digital Spy has given Peter Dickson the chance to voice his opinion on all the news and rumours surrounding this year's series.

Read on for his thoughts on the returns of Simon Cowell and Cheryl Cole, Louis Walsh's flip-flopping and more...

Peter Dickson

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Peter Dickson on...Simon Cowell's return

Simon Cowell at a press conference following Cheryl Cole's return to The X Factor - March 11, 2014

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"What a surprise! Quelle surprise as some might say! Yes, Simon is coming back this year and we're all very pleased to see him back actually; we've missed him when he was away.

"He's obviously still been involved behind the scenes on the show, but to see him back in the judge's chair will be a real treat and I think the audiences are going to love it too."

Peter Dickson on...Cheryl Cole's return

Cheryl Cole outside The Arts Club in central London, March 11, 2014

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"Who'd have thought it? Well, that's going to be interesting, yes. I think that Cheryl was perhaps one of the most popular judges we've ever had.

"She always attracts regular press attention and her words are always very wise and pertinent, having been through an audition-style show before herself.


"She knows what she's talking about, she's really nice and I think she's also going to be good for the show. The audiences are going to be loving it too, I'd imagine."

Peter Dickson on... whether Louis Walsh should stay

LONDON - OCTOBER 25: Music producers Simon Cowell (L) and Louis Walsh pose in the awards room during the National Television Awards 2005 at the Royal Albert Hall on October 25, 2005 in London, England. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)

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"Well, we've always said that Louis should go, can't get rid of him! Simon's been trying, and he keeps threatening to leave, but like a bad smell he keeps coming back!

"No, Louis is great fun. I love Louis. He's like the foil to Simon, isn't he? He's a great guy, and I love his little words of wisdom at the end of the show.

Louis Walsh looks on as the finalists are named for The X Factor

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"I also love how he compares the contestants to other celebrities - 'You remind me of a young Cliff Richard'. It just cracks me up!"

Peter Dickson on...rumoured judges Rita Ora and Ellie Goulding

Rita Ora arriving for the 2014 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena, London.

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"Well, apart from glamour - they're both very beautiful woman, very nice to look at - they're also very talented artists in their own right, and I would be very happy to see either of them on the panel. They make really good music and I'm sure would have a lot to say.

Ellie Goulding performs to a sold-out crowd at Heineken Music Hall

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"I can imagine on the first day of auditions Simon will be there, no doubt trying to soak up the atmosphere and attract as little attention as possible in his arrival in his Rolls-Royce, and everyone will be looking at Cheryl and Rita or Ellie. Yes, we're all looking forward to a fantastic 11th season of The X Factor."
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The Voice UK semi-final live blog: Top 8 performances as they happened

By , Entertainment Reporter
They definitely don't hang about on The Voice UK. Last week we had 12 singers, now we have eight and next week there will be just four left.

In this live cull semi-final, remaining acts Jermain, Sophie May, Jamie, Lee, Sally, Bizzi, Chris and Christina Marie will be singing two songs - one by themselves, another with their coach. We. Can't. Wait.

Still not convinced? Well, Enrique Iglesias and Shakira will be taking to the stage, too. So join Digital Spy as we watch it all unfold!

The judges enjoy the show

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21:11Don't forget to come back and join Digital Spy next week to see who will follow um, was her name Leanne... and thingy... to be crowned The Voice champion! Goodnight, all!


21:10Sally, Jermain, Christina Marie and Jamie get a final 'woo', and we're over and out.


21:09It's been about 15 minutes since we saw a plug for the next series, so here's yet another that's squeezed in just before we say turrah.


21:07Jermain goes though! So that's how The Voice UK's 2014 final looks like, everyone. And we have to say we feel quite smug for guessing all four finalists correctly. Although very annoyed we didn't put any money on that at a betting shop.


21:06For the final time this evening... it's either Sophie May or Jermain. And we think Jermain will have this...


21:04Ah, we do love a good bromance.


21:03And we were right. Jamie goes through to join Sally and Christina Marie in the final.


21:02Team Kylie is up for the cull next, and Lee and Jamie are both great. We reckon it'll be Jamie through...


21:01That performance was worth it alone to see Tom Jones doing a slow Churchill dog head nod.


21:00Blimey, gun alert. His arms are a bit much pre-watershed.


20:58So Enrique is just Enrique now, is he Emma? Anyway, Enrique and his trusty hat - which we're pretty sure he nicked off Chris Martin at some point - are thrusting about and doing a Lee-style microphone death grip.


20:56We thought Christina was going to do a will-style 's*it' there.


20:55It's Christina! Course it is!


20:55Christina or Chris? After consistently coming top of DS's poll, we reckon Christina has this in the bag...


20:53We think we must have missed this? We're quite obsessed with will's live show tweeting...




20:52It's Sally! Well, no real surprises there, we have to say.


20:51Right, here we go. Finally! And Sally and Bizzi are up first to find out their fate...


20:51Eugh, yet more filler. We'd almost prefer an ad break to this waffle.


20:49Is someone going to break the news to Tom about Whitney Houston? Meanwhile Marvin laughs when Tom says that he's never heard of JLS, though we're not entirely sure he was joking...


20:47Marvin's getting his hashtags in a twist. Now it's time for some more enlightening questions!


20:45So we already know the winner of the show next year! It's someone called Your Name Here, according to Ricky.


20:44Marvin keeps saying things like "I always wanted to do that" while he's presenting, like he's won a 'Be a Presenter for the Day' competition. It's quite sweet, really.


20:41We don't think we'll be downloading 'Empire' anytime soon. Sorry, Shakira.


20:39And now we're starting to think that we've time travelled backwards 15 years. To when Shakira and Enrique were big stars.


20:37Those questions were pretty snoresome. Thanks Marv!


20:36We know people say that will is a time traveller, but after saying that he wants Leah to go through to the final we're starting to believe that maybe he really is.


20:35If Ricky comes back next series, can we make sure he's not sitting on the end so he can't do a Miranda-esque mug to camera every five minutes?


20:34will is abstaining from the vote - and Kylie follows suit. As does Tom. And then Ricky. Well that was a total waste of time all round.


20:33After having the obligatory epic recap, we have to admit that Jermain was one of our favourites this evening! Shout outs to Christina Marie and Sally too.


20:30Well, that was all rather jolly wasn't it? Who's got your vote after all those performances?


20:29We are not a vocal coach. Obviously. However, surely this song is too high to show Lee and Jamie's voices off to the best of their ability?


The Voice: Lee Glasson, Kylie Minogue, Jamie Johnson

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20:27Kylie, Lee and Jamie are singing her song 'Into the Blue'. She's the only coach to be jumping on the shameless self-promotion bandwagon by performing her own track. But we don't care, because this song's brilliant.


20:25Emma did a bit of an Inbetweeners Movie dance there. We're not sure Strictly will be calling up for her any time soon.


20:23This lot are now 'Dancing in the Street', and they make a mighty fine trio if you don't mind us saying. They should sing together full time!


The Voice: Bizzi Dixon, Sir Tom Jones, Sally Barker

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20:22That man's anecdote ("I thought it was Tom Jones, then the lady next to me said 'That's Tom Jones', and it was Tom Jones") was really not worthy of making the cut.


20:21Tom, Bizzi and Sally have hit Covent Garden for some busking. But none of them have opted to paint themselves silver and put a hat down for dosh. Which is a shame.


20:20As if he wasn't cool enough already - what with being an 'Indie Rock God' - he's now wearing his Blue Peter badge.


20:19These three are singing 'You Really Got Me', and Christina has just completely showed Ricky up there...


The Voice: Chris Royal, Ricky Wilson, Christina Marie

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20:17Ricky can make balloon animals! And he's a life coach! And we heard he does music or something too...


20:16Ricky wants to show Chris and Christina a taste of what's to come in such a long and incredible career. BLUE PETER!


20:15We do have a few pointers. Jermain's cape? Sweet wrapper dresses? Sophie's awkwardness? will giving a line-dancing tutorial?


The Voice: Jermain Jackman, Sophie May Williams, Will.i.am

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20:13This is more like it. Bowie + will.i.am. Although we're quietly confident he forgot the words then...


20:12Sophie and Jermain's mums have turned up! Or 'momagers', according to will, who has clearly been watching too much Keeping Up with the Kardashians.


20:11The arena probably would have got hotter with Enrique Iglesias in 1999, Marvin. Maybe not so much in 2014.


20:09The lines are OPEN, and now it's time for things to get way more interesting and entertaining...


20:08So Lee, Jamie and Ricky have formed a new boyband called 789. They'd be about a million times better than 5th Story, anyway.


20:07Was Jermain's microphone wave a stylistic singing thing or what?


20:06Emma called it The Green Room, not The V Room. Which one is it?!


20:05will has got ants in his pants this evening hasn't he? Jeez.


20:04And she's left will speechless - for possibly the first time in his life!


The Voice: Sophie May Williams

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20:03Sophie is doing a Lorde tribute with this version of 'Royals'. She's also doing a Natalie Portman / Phantom Menace tribute in that get-up.


20:00Retro Futuristic - will has just made a new genre of music. Legend.


19:59Sophie May is back! We wonder if her sob story is going to be about her cut finger. Again.


19:58No, Emma, the coaches are not commentating. That's Digital Spy's job.


19:58Not you too, Ricky! Did they had too many E-numbers before the show?




19:56That man is a health and safety nightmare. Sit down, will!


19:56Jermain has taken it up a notch with that performance of 'Without You'. It rocked! And WHAT a final note. That was insane...


The Voice: Jermain Jackman

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19:55will's iPad now has a 'The Voice UK' cover on it. Well if you can't beat 'em, you might as well make him do some free advertising.


19:53Mummy's boy Jermain is up next, the first for Team will tonight. We're already giving him marks for such an amazing jumper.


19:52We're thinking about jacking our job in and set up a t-shirt printing business next door to The Voice studio. We think half the audience are in 'TEAM CONTESTANT NAME HERE' tees this evening.


19:50Blimey, high praise from Tom as he says that he'd hope to be able to sing that song as well as Jamie if he were to give it a go.


19:47


19:47Jamie is singing 'I Can't Make You Love Me', and it's beautiful. But we can't help but feel tonight has been a bit ballad-heavy so far.


The Voice: Jamie Johnson

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19:45Kyles has totally trumped Scherzinger going to Greggs AND Asda by becoming a grubby roadie. Talk about upping the ante.


19:44We reckon Kylie gave Jamie the fast pass just so she could have a ride in his mini.


19:43WILL DID A SWEAR. Amazing! It took him three years, but he dropped the 's*it' bomb. Go will!


19:42We nearly made a joke about Jamie's car, and now that Ricky has, we're glad we didn't.


19:39He may be inexplicably standing on top of a car parts scrap heap, but we're loving Lee.


The Voice: Lee Glasson

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19:37Can Kylie talk like that all the time, please? It would be amazing.


19:37Lee is singing a London Grammar song, which we reckon could go either way...


19:36Up next is Lee and his packed bags!


19:36Emma and Marvin are almost as bad as Caroline and Olly. Deary me.


19:35If you've got the support of Hollyoaks, that's all you need.


19:33The V Room with Marvin is less of a room and more BBC Breakfast's red sofa at the back of the audience.


19:32We get the horrible feeling Ricky has been consulting 'Louis Walsh's Big Book of TV Talent Show Phrases' before the live shows.


19:31Tom ruddy loves a falsetto.


The Voice: Chris Royal

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19:29Anyway, Chris is giving a wonderful rendition of 'Smile'. Loverly.


19:28Christian Marie!




19:27Chris reckons Ricky has become a life coach, so it's good to know that when work dries up with the Chiefs he's got something to fall back on.


19:27We do love Chris, but up against Christina Marie, we don't have much hope for him. Mind you, we were convinced Georgia was going to stay over Bizzi last week so we're more than happy to be proved wrong!


19:25Ricky does love a point and a direct audience address, doesn't he?


19:25Tom's going to talk to his grandson afterwards and see what Christina did to him. Um, yes.


19:22Anyway, getting over our initial massive disappointment about that, Christina is nailing it! However, we think she looks more awkward on the stage than she has done in previous weeks...


The Voice: Christina Marie

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19:21She's singing 'Bang Bang', and for a moment we got quite excited that it was will.i.am's 'Bang Bang'. But it's not. Boo.


19:20Christina's sob story is pretty poor. 'I was a recluse at school' doesn't cut it.


19:19DS favourite Christina Marie is up next, and she's already mentioning her vomit. Again.


19:18Come on Ricky, DO THE CATCHPHRASE!


19:18This show is a bit too classy to have contestants doing the phone sign vote thing with their hand. Which frankly is a shame.


19:17Has Bizzi's finger pose thing become a meme yet? If not, someone do it NOW.


19:16We're willing to bet the WiFi at The Voice's HQ has been sabotaged by one of the show's bigwigs...and their evil plan has worked!




19:14Bizzi has nailed the dry ice / stage sit combo. Atmospheric.


19:13He's singing 'Everything Must Change', and assures us that no matter what, someone from Leicester will be in The Voice UK's final. One word: Phew!


19:12Oh dear. Bizzi has become Jack Bauer in this 'interesting' VT that sees him having only 24 hours to drum up some interest in him. And the show.


19:10Either Sally or Bizzi will be going through tonight - and our money's on Sally, for sure.


19:09Tom is looking a few more shades of Cuprinol darker than he was last Saturday. Where's he been all week?


19:08Sally is channelling Fearne Cotton, apparently.


19:07And all of the coaches are on their FEET!


19:06Anyway, Sally is singing a beautiful version of 'Whole of the Moon'. We don't know what it is about her (maybe it's the 'X Factor'?) but she makes us sit up and listen.


19:05Sally's mum says that the highlight from going along to see The Voice UK in the studio last weekend was Sally. If only she'd have said Bizzi.


19:03We'd like to see Sally in hotpants. Just us?


19:03So we have a quick Who Wants to be a Millionaire?-style wave from the last 8 singers as they gear up for the biggest night of their lives. Since last weekend, anyway.


19:01Have will and Kylie been sat there since last Saturday waiting until tonight?


19:01Well, here we all are again! Welcome, one and all. The Voice is starting on time this week, and we're live on BBC One. And on Digital Spy.

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Twerking, golden buzzers, fake babies: A BGT quickie with Stephen Mulhern

By , Entertainment Editor and
It's getting closer, everyone! Britain's Got Talent is coming back for its eighth series, so it's time to start dusting off your magic wand, shaking out your pom poms and getting the dog treats ready. But we wanted to know a bit more about what we should expect, so we grabbed Britain's Got More Talent host Stephen Mulhern for a bit of a chinwag. Read on for news of twerking, virtual babies and tin foil...

Britain's Got More Talent presenter Stephen Mulhern

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1. There is a big range of acts this year.
"I'm really enjoying it. I can't believe that it has been eight years now, but the great thing is there are a lot more variety acts this year rather than singers, which is amazing. And I don't like to get people's hopes up too much, but I think Britain's Got More Talent has even more exceptional talent than ever before. Of course, I say that with a great big grin on my face!"

2. Miley Cyrus has a lot to answer for.
"We have a girl who I said to her, 'What is it that you do?' and she said, 'I twerk' and I said, 'Oh OK, we have seen a lot of that this year with Miley Cyrus, what's different with your twerking?' And she said, 'Well I twerk upside down'. So if you can imagine the picture of this girl, me holding her legs, and she is upside down and twerking... it's like, 'Oh my god'."

Stephen Mulhern at the Britain's Got Talent auditions in Hammersmith

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3. Some 'talent' is just plain old weird.
"We have a guy that has auditioned a couple of times and he decided to put tin foil all over his face so that the judges wouldn't realise it was him who was auditioning because he thought he might get further in the competition if they didn't recognise him. I don't know how he got on. I don't know what he did when he went on stage because we only go in for the first half but you know when you just see that moment and you go, 'Wow!' At what point have you thought, 'I need to disguise myself with tin foil'? it sums up Britain's Got More Talent!"

4. The golden buzzer is a game changer...
"I think it was a genius idea, I really do. I think the idea of giving somebody the golden ticket, Willy Wonka style, just adds another element to the show that I think is genius. I think it is so clever and also I think it gives the judges another sort of investment in an act to will them on to do well. I think you will see a lot of arguments between the judges if somebody doesn't support their act!"

David Walliams plays David vs Goliath on 'Britain's Got More Talent'

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Ant and Dec in the 'Britain's Got More Talent' Fantasy Fairground challenge

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5. ...But not all of the judges use their golden buzzer wisely.
"Sometimes during the auditions we were willing the judges to press the buzzer and it is incredible that the audience were really going for it, so when they did do it it's like, 'Yeah, that's amazing!' And it's a real special moment... apart from the guy who got David's buzz. I don't know what David was thinking! I don't know whether he did it to annoy the other judges but the reality is that he is through so it is very bizarre."

6. Simon Cowell does not always take too fondly to Stephen's pranks.
"I did this little tester thing where we had this virtual baby and we had these little chips that you put in the baby and it would be like 'crying', 'feeding time', 'burping time' - this, that and the other. We put the crying card into the baby and it didn't go down too well, I have to be honest. It was a very, very awkward moment. It was the second day in Cardiff, and the photographer was there and I have this picture now that was sent to me. In it I am sat on David's lap, who is feeding me a bottle of water, while Simon has the virtual baby and David is burping me to show Simon how to do it. It was the most surreal moment that I have ever been part of. It was bizarre and the more I think about it the weirder it is. You will see it on the show as well. I wanted the ground to swallow me up, it was very awkward. It will look as awkward as it was on the day - it was horrendous."

Britain's Got Talent and Britain's Got More Talent will return to ITV shortly, while Stephen Mulhern also hosts Catchphrase and Big Star's Little Star on ITV.

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